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Elections in Sierra Leone a "critical" benchmark for democracy

Sierra Leonean women

  The general elections in Sierra Leone on 17 November will be "a critical benchmark" for assessing gains in the consolidation of peace and democracy in the country. That's what the Foreign Minister of the West African country, Joseph Dauda, told the General Assembly during the general debate on Monday. Mr. Dauda said preparations are [...]

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Botswana urges African Union to reject military coups in Africa

Phandu Skelemani

The government of Botswana has urged the African Union to remain firm and resolute in its rejection of unconstitutional change of governments on the African continent. The call was made by the Foreign Minister of Botswana Phandu Skelemani as the General Assembly continued its general debate on Monday. Mr. Skelemani said that the military coups [...]

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Time has come to eliminate all weapons of mass destruction: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The time has come to get rid of all weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters on Monday. He said three quarters of the world's declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been eliminated. And, the Convention banning these weapons has been signed by 188 States Parties. However, he added, eight [...]

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Kenya – Greening the Mountain

Women at a community-managed tree nursery that supplies seedlings for reforestation in the Mount Kenya region.

    After decades of excessive logging and reduced water flow, Mount Kenya is becoming green again. Thanks to a government pilot project financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), primary school children have planted more than 4,000 trees. Their efforts are part of a larger greening programme that has rehabilitated 2,600 hectares [...]

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UN chief expresses "deep frustration" about killings in Syria

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The ongoing killings in Syria are causing what has been described as "deep frustration" for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to his spokesperson. Mr. Ban met with Walid Al-Moualem, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic on Monday. UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General and the Syrian Foreign Minister discussed the growing [...]

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Syria is facing "organized terrorism", says its Foreign Minister

Walid Al-Moualem

  The Foreign Minister of Syria has told the General Assembly that his country is facing what he called "organized terrorism". Walid Al-Moualem spoke as the General Assembly continued its general debate on Monday. He said the most recent example of terrorist bombing took place in the capital, Damascus on 26 of September. The Syrian [...]

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HINDI #41: Antar Rashtriya Patrika

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1.  World leaders speak on global issues. 2.  Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the UN. 3.  India's Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appointed UNAIDS Ambassador Narrated and Produced by Ambalika Misra  Duration: 14’45″

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Sustainable development is an "uphill task" for developing countries: India

S. M. Krishna

Developing countries are facing daunting challenges of eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. That's what the Minister of External Affairs of India S. M. Krishna told the General Assembly during its general debate on Monday. He said that the West Asia and North Africa regions are seeing unprecedented socio-political upheaval. "Developing countries are still to [...]

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Population ageing "very rapidly" in developing countries: WHO official

Elderly persons talking to a group of kindergarten children in Egypt

  The world population is ageing rapidly in low and middle income countries, according to a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and the Life-course at WHO says that the ageing of populations is related to economic development. He points out that in the [...]

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Small states can contribute to global peace and security: UN chief

Conference on Small States organized by the Forum of Small States (FOSS)

Despite their size, small states can contribute meaningfully to global peace and security, according to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban spoke at a Conference on Small States organized by the Forum of Small States at UN Headquarters on Monday. He said that over the past twenty years the Forum has made many meaningful contributions [...]

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Making housing available through credit does not work: UN expert

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Providing credit to make housing available does not work, according to the United Nations independent expert on adequate Housing. Raquel Rolnik says that in both developed and developing countries housing is being made a commodity available to everyone through credit. Ms. Rolnik says that in countries such as the United States and Spain there is [...]

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UNHCR: Global humanitarian crises at levels unmatched in recent history

Antonio Guterres

Over 700,000 refugees have fled from Syria, Sudan, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the year, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says the combination of simultaneous major new conflicts and unresolved old ones had presented an unmatched refugee crisis in its recent history. UN High Commissioner [...]

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ILO: Employment rights essential to economic recovery

youth unemployment

International labour standards must be preserved and promoted if the world is to recover from the economic and employment crisis, says the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder. He says the rush to create jobs was not an excuse to abandon workers rights and international labour standards. Mr Ryder who has taken over the [...]

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